John’s Vision of Christ
John’s Vision of Christ is spoken of in The Book of Revelation. I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day, I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
John, the state of consciousness of being restricted. Thinking by restricting ourselves will lead us into the Kingdom of heaven (thinking the kingdom is outside of us)., So, here, John is stating that he is one with those he speaks to. He understands the suffering, is one with all in the kingdom of heaven, and has patient endurance for the appointed time that all of humanity endures. In the spirit was likely meditation or a higher state of consciousness and hearing the voice of God (one’s higher self).
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand, he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
This verse is vision. Water represents psychological truth, so his voice, sounding like rushing waters, represents that flowing knowledge.
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When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
This verse was also vision. However, as Neville Goddard states in his lectures regarding his experiences when we see God, it is man. We are God, so as this verse states, “I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” I was asleep in this world, a profound sleep like death. Now, I am awake, and I shall not die in eternity.
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now, and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Note: The seven stars are the angels (messengers of God), and the lampstands are the seven churches.
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